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Ezra's Round Table/Systems Seminar: Biao Huang (Alberta) - Process Data Analytics in Upstream Processes

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:15pm

Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall, 253

Modern industries are awash with large amount of data. Extraction of information and knowledge discovery from data, particularly from day by day routine operating data, is especially challenging. There exist numerous challenging issues such as data nonlinearity, non-Gaussian distributions, high dimensionality, collinearity, multiple modal operations, outlying data points, missing measurement, etc. that must be considered during the information extraction process. These challenges are especially true for upstream processes where systems are more complicated and sensors are less reliable. This presentation will discuss state-of-the-art development of data analytics for oil sands processes with focus on image processing and data fusion with industrial applications in oil-water interface detection.


Biao Huang received his Ph.D. degree in process control from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1997. He held M.Sc. degree (1986) and B.Sc. degree (1983) in automatic control from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He joined the University of Alberta in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and is currently a full professor, and NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Control of Oil Sands Processes. He is an IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He is a recipient of a number of awards including Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from Germany, Best Paper award from IFAC Journal of Process Control, APEGA Summit Award in Research Excellence, and Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice, etc. He has published five books and a number of peer-reviewed journal papers. His research interests include: process control, data analytics, Bayesian inference, system identification, control performance assessment, fault detection and isolation, and soft sensors. He has applied his expertise extensively in industrial practice.

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice, Subject Editor for Journal of the Franklin Institute, and Associate Editor for Journal of Process Control.

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Biao Huang

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Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta

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